Lions, Tigers and Bears

In a small town in Florida, called Arcadia, is an exotic animal rescue called Lions, Tigers and Bears.  Scott and I learned that many of these animals were once someone’s pets.  Apparently there is an exotic animal auction not far from there where you can buy anything from monkeys to elephants.  What?

The couple running the non-profit lives on the animal rescue property.  They educated us on the many reasons people adopt these exotic pets from “great photography props” to “my daughter really wanted a baby cheetah.”  After the exotic pets reached maturity, someone always got hurt and then the once desired exotic pet was no longer wanted.

While we have been living in Florida, the news about pythons taking over the Everglades has been constant.  There was a huge python living at the exotic animal rescue, so we had to ask more questions regarding the news story.  We learned that several years ago there was a man living in Florida near the Everglades that had over 700 python snakes that he sold as pets.  Many of these python snakes were babies and were only contained in  simple plastic boxes with holes to breathe.  A huge hurricane destroyed the man’s house and the snakes obviously escaped the plastic container boxes.  Several years later they have found the pythons learned to survive in the Everglades and have no known predators, which is destroying the ecosystem in the Everglades.  Wow.

If you get the chance, visit an animal sanctuary.  The work they do is amazing and the information you learn is priceless.  If you visit Lions, Tigers and Bears in Florida, schedule it around the first week of March.  The fields of orange trees is beautiful and their blooms smell amazing!

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I was raised in Missouri where I earned my BBA in Business Management from Evangel University. After a long and cold winter, I used an atlas to blindly pick out a new city. My finger landed on Austin, Texas, so I moved there 3 months later, with Brady, my Bichon Frise. After settling in Austin, I furthered my studies in photography at The University of Texas (Hook’em Horns!) while continuing my career in public accounting. Long story short – I met my true love, Scott, a year later at a charity event, in Austin. We got married on St. Croix and now here we are on Pompano Beach. Meeting new friends, making a difference for non-profits, and helping businesses grow are my passions. So, I started the Pompano Beach Housewives in the City chapter. We are a local group of women that network online and in person at girls’ night out events, while hosting charity drives for local non-profit organizations in our community. I am also working with my sister cities, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami to start the newest South Florida Housewives in the City chapter, The Palm Beaches. Come to one or all our events. You can find the events listed in each city at World travel is my obsession and documenting our adventures with photography makes me happy. I am also a real estate and portrait photographer. I basically make people and things look pretty. Besides traveling, I enjoy spending time with our two amazing dogs, Brady the Bichon and Buddy the Golden. They are both 15 years old and are obsessed with raw carrots and broccoli. I hope you enjoy this beach life, travel, photography, and lifestyle journey with me. And remember, wherever you go, bring your own sunshine.

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